Suspect Arrested In Connection With Death Of Valerie Reyes

February 12, 2019 - 1:21 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a New York woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in Connecticut.

Valerie Reyes of New Rochelle was reported missing by her family late last month after she failed to show up for work at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester. The 24-year-old's body was found inside a suitcase on the side of a road in Greenwich last week. Her hands and feet were bound. Autopsy results are pending.

Greenwich Police said a suspect was arrested in New York after allegedly using Reyes' ATM card, and is also believed to be involved in her death. 

WCBS-TV reports the suspect, Javier da Silva, is an ex-boyfriend of the victim. He reportedly turned himself in Monday night and made a confession in Reyes' killing. Sources tell CBS2 he is from Venezuela and has been in the country illegally after overstaying his visa.

No charges have been announced.

"We are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful and we continue to work with the family to provide closure to this tragedy," Greenwich Police said.

Law enforcement sources say the killing may have happened in Reyes' home in New Rochelle before her body was brought to Greenwich.

Police poured over surveillance video, talked to several potential witnesses and examined social media accounts in their investigation.

Meanwhile, a town public works employee who allegedly took photos of Reyes' body has been placed on leave pending an investigation that will determine whether discipline is warranted.